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Google's violent video game problem

Twitter reduces the number of accounts users can track in a day, learn more about Microsoft's Chromium Edge, introduce Wing Drone Delivery Service in Australia, and more. Let's talk about the biggest stories for April 9, 201


The Play Store Has a Problem with Younger Children Seeking Violent Video Games

App stores are a haven for developers because they allow a single person create an app, distribute and potentially reach millions of people. It is very cool.

But that can also cause problems. As revealed recently by Wired, the Google Play Store in particular has a problem with violent games for children. Generally considered "age-appropriate," these games contain very graphic content such as blood, blood, violence, etc.

The problem here seems to be Google's approach to approving apps for the Play Store distribution, essentially relies on the honor system and the honesty of the developers. In addition, when a developer uploads an app or game, he or she must complete a questionnaire with age rating information for the app or game. If the developer is dishonest about his product, the app or game can reach a much wider audience – including young children who should not even see the content.

The problem here is that Google does not do this. Check these applications with human eyes and just trust that the developer is honest with the content of his app. It would be nice to think that this is enough, but we all know what happens when things go unchecked: The Wild West is getting whole again. No rules, no laws. Everything goes. It is anarchy.

And that's exactly what happens in the Play Store. Wired sent the results of around 52 different inappropriate content games to Google, including some that tracked the site unnecessarily. At the time of reporting, Google had seized 16 of these games by either removing them or re-uploading them with appropriate ratings and permissions. (It is worth noting that most games were actually legitimate games and did not do dubious or questionable things unless they were considered dishonest for all ages.)

It is unclear what Google will do to prevent this from happening to prevent the future, but it would be nice to see that it includes the approval process. Just like YouTube Kids, to prevent inappropriate content, adding a human element to the approval process would go a long way – a person should know when a game in which the heads of zombies are blown when blood and guts through the sky flying is not suitable for a three year old.

Until then, however, it is always a good idea to take a closer look at your children's game. Be alert, my friends.

[Wired via Engadget]

Google News: Delivery of Alphabet's wing drones ready to take off

The Red Hydrogen One Titanium is also available for sale. More information about the viewing status of Android TV and HTC apps will disappear from Google Play and more.

  • Wing, a division of Google's parent company Alphabet, will launch its drone delivery service in Australia. It initially only covers 100 apartments, with the aim of expanding "in the coming weeks and months". Neat-o. [Engadget]
  • If you want to buy the Red Hydrogen One Titan, you can do it now. For 1600 dollars. But why? [Android Police]
  • Android TV users have spoken a lot about the ads on the home screen. 9to5Google has played around a bit and wrote a excellent breakdown of what's really going on here. If you're an Android TV user who deals with this entire ad matter, be sure to read it. [9to5Google]
  • Speaking of insomnia: Android Police has done a lot and discovered that HTC had slowly taken its apps out of the Google Play Store in recent months. The biggest problem is that nobody knows why. Curious. [Android Police]
  • Google Drive for Android gets a material makeover and dark mode. [9to5Google]
  • Whatsapp has gotten a new user interface for attachments that is generally just better. [Android Police]
  • Android Q has a permission blocking system for older apps. Finally. [Android Police]
  • Samsung has an event tomorrow where the new Galaxy A90 is to be presented. Here you can find out where and when you can see it. [Samsung Newsroom]
  • Chrome OS 74 will hopefully fix the delay caused by Hangouts video chats. Hopefully. [About Chromebooks]

So this wing thing – it's cool. The essence is that it will start small, comprising about 100 homes in the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston and Franklin, Australia. The drones deliver goods from the local economy, including coffee, food, medicines and other trifles such as these.

What's really cool about this project is that it started as a "Moonshot" project from Google X (now only called "X") in 2014. The goal was to open a consumer service in 2017, but not happened. However, at the end of 2017, it successfully partnered with a food chain and a pharmaceutical company and successfully delivered 3,000 packages in "advanced studies".

I also understand why some people do not like such services and have small items delivered the very same day I order them is cool no matter how it is done. I … would really like that.

Microsoft News: Chromium Edge Is Here

The first look at Microsoft's move to relocate Edge to Chromium is available for download, and there's a lot to analyze.

  • Microsoft replaced or disabled many Chromium services in the Edge build, then talked about it. [The Verge]
  • Chromium Edge plug-in and extended storage is also live. [TechRadar]
  • Although Chromium-Edge is only compatible with 64-bit Windows 10, it turns out you can install it on Windows 7 (and probably 8.1). Microsoft has just blocked the download of these operating systems. [Bleeping Computer]
  • Also comes Chromium Edge for Windows 10 ARM PCs. [Bleeping Computer]

Moving from Microsoft to Chromium for Edge is a big step, and it's nice that it's now available for testing as you go about it. It turns out that it's really just … very much like Chrome. But you know, more Microsoft-y. My colleague Josh Hendrickson decided yesterday for a round and gave some initial reflections on the details. So if you are able to verify it by another person, read this post.

Other news: Huawei wants to sell its 5G modems … to Apple

Plus Twitter is trying to fight spam accounts, Chinese doctors will use 5G for remote surgery and more.

  • Huawei sells its 5G modems … but only if Apple is the buyer. Interesting [Engadget]
  • Speaking of 5G, Chinese surgeons want to do remote surgery, which absolutely panics me. [Digital Trends]
  • Twitter has a spam problem. Twitter knows that there is a spam problem. To reduce spam accounts, the number of accounts a user can track per day is limited to 400 (less than 1000). It's a start, if nothing else. [TechCrunch]
  • Opera released its Reborn 3 browser, which includes a built-in Cryptowallet and an unlimited VPN. [TechRadar]

Following recent rumors that Apple may not be able to deliver a 5G iPhone in 2020 due to supply issues with 5G chips, Huawei wants to be the company to "help out". This is interesting because the company has never done anything before taken such a position; In fact, it has developed its own model specifically for its own devices.

However, Huawei is not known as a chipmaker. Even more interesting is that the company will become the largest smartphone maker in the world next year. Therefore, the offer to sell its 5G modems to the company's largest competitors offers … curious.

Of course, all this is just to say, at this time. Engadget, which originally reported on the story, could not get Huawei or Apple to comment. There's nothing to suggest that the two companies even discussed a potential deal, but the fact that Huawei is at least interested is still enough to justify a little surprise.

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